Cassy Gonzalez, a 2013 WGST graduate, has completed her PhD in Ethnic Studies from CU Boulder, with her dissertation, "Remnants of Chattel: Black Women, Sex Trafficking, and the Criminal Legal System". "Although the grad school does not do honors for doctoral students, I and the committee granted Cassy’s dissertation a Pass with Distinction," noted Dr. Hillary Potter, who served as chair of Dr. Gonzalez's doctoral committee. Other committee members included Dr. Celeste Montoya, Dr. Polly E. Bugros McLean of Media Studies, Dr. Arturo Aldama of Ethnic Studies, and Dr. Beth Richie from the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Gonzalez also received her bachelor's in sociology from CU Boulder in 2013, as well as a master's in sociology in 2017 while also completing the Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. She was the recipient of several grants and awards while at CU Boulder, including a full year of funding from the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Dr. Gonzalez is now an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University, in their College of Criminal Justice. She is the author of several articles and book chapters, including a chapter on human trafficking that will appear in the upcoming book Encyclopedia of Race, Crime, and Justice: an American Mosaic (Greenwood Press 2021).